Holiday Happenings Around Hampton Roads

November 29, 2016

Holiday Events happening around the Hampton Roads area.

McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach

November 18, 2016 to January 1, 2017
2nd Street & the Boardwalk
The lights ARE ON at McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach, presented by Liberty Tax Service, bringing joy and wonder to Hampton Roads this holiday season!  Now through January 1, take a shiny journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk.  Festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises – all in bright, colored lights against the clear night-time sky, are the stars of McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach.  They are joined by Santa, elves, and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree erected on the beach and in the beautiful parks along the Virginia Beach boardwalk.

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MacArthur on Ice 

November 19, 2016 through January 16, 2017 

MacArthur Center kicks off the twelfth season of ice skating at the coolest place in town. Whether it’s a family tradition or a first date, the center’s 7, 200-square-foot outdoor ice rink is the place for good times this winter.  Throughout the season, enjoy public skating sessions, ice hockey clinics, figure skating exhibitions and more. Those new to the ice or feeling a bit rusty can sign up for private lessons or get a helping hand from skate guards on-site.


The ice skating rink is located just outside MacArthur Center, at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street.

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Busch Garden’s Christmas Town
November 25th to January 2nd
Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens ® Christmas Town ™ in Williamsburg, Virginia
Experience more than ever before at this year’s Christmas event with two new kid-friendly (or KIDsiderate ®, as we like to say) areas, a larger assortment of thrill rides including Tempesto ® and Verbolten ®, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate as world-champion figure skater Elvis Stojko brings the magic of Christmas to life on ice in ‘Twas that Night ™. Visit Santa at his North Pole workshop and capture an unforgettable memory. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. The earlier you buy, the more you save. Visit and begin your new family tradition today!

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Saturday, December 10th

109 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

A special visitor from the North Pole will be on board for pictures

Yes, there is a Santa — and he’s planning a stop aboard Spirit of Norfolk to check out the awesome views from the water! Delight the whole family with a special breakfast with St. Nick himself. Everyone will love holiday music, kid-friendly activities and endless onboard entertainment that brings the magical season to life.

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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The Wizard of Oz 3D

December 10, 2016

7:50 – 9:32 p.m.

Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.

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